Saskatchewan Wants Money for Emissions Curbs After Court Loss
March 26, 2021 EnergyNow Media
(Bloomberg) Saskatchewan’s top politician wants the Canadian government to give it funds for its plan to reduce emissions, after the province was on the losing side of a court challenge to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax.Canada’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the tax is constitutional, swatting aside the legal arguments of some provinces including energy-rich Saskatchewan and Alberta. Now, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe wants the federal government to provide his province with “equal funding” to what other provinces have received from the Low Carbon Economy Fund.“We have C$126 million ($100 million) that Saskatchewan has not received and we’ve asked for those dollars and that funding to be put forward so that we can continue with our emissions reductions plans here in this province,” Moe said in an interview with BNN Bloomberg TV.
Moe said he has asked Trudeau’s government to approve a “made in Saskatchewan option” that will bring its power and energy companies under a provincial system instead of the carbon tax, he said.
“We feel it is a wrong policy and we don’t feel it’s a policy that in any measurable way is going to have a positive impact on the environment,” Moe said about federal carbon pricing.
The court ruling is key to Canada’s goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. It’s also a political victory for Trudeau, who came to power in 2015 pledging to tackle climate change, but has faced strong opposition from the fossil-fuel sector.
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